Hello everyone! Sorry for the mini break – I didn’t realize how hard it is to juggle blogging with a job and other responsibilities. I promise I will do MUCH better on writing a couple posts a week. If other bloggers make it work, so can I.
Anyways, let’s get to it! This week I’d like to explore nerds and hipsters.
Having been a legit nerd in high school – awkward metal-rim glasses that didn’t fit my face right, eating my lunch in a bathroom stall, and wearing a GIGANTIC hiking backpack every day to school – I happen to know that being a nerd was never cool. In fact, it was the opposite of cool. So I’ve been realizing that I’m getting really old because nerds are becoming über cool in pop culture.
Everyone who’s everyone has seen and laughed at The Big Bang Theory and references Freaks and Geeks all the time. So what am I missing?
Back when I was a kid, I wasn’t being beaten up or anything – I just didn’t have a huge group of friends and I didn’t get invited to any ragers. I was relatively good at school, but I wasn’t the top nerd or anything. It was more that I was socially awkward.
There was nothing exciting about being a nerd. I mostly did a lot of reading and dreaming about being someone else. It was all rather boring.
But in this millennium, it seems to me that being a nerd has become glorified. Nerds are everywhere. Why is it that it’s suddenly cool to admit that you’ve always watched Star Wars (or the even nerdier Star Trek), love video games, and reading sci-fi?
The answer is actually quite simple. Honestly, I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me sooner. And maybe you’ll be like, “Duh, Mirabelle! Where have you been?”
This is the millennium when technology is God. And that means that the people who are smart enough to invent, discover, fix and reinvent are the ones who make it big. The people who have made a lot of money in my lifetime made it big in the computer, cell phone, gaming and e-book revolution. Think about it – Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and the list goes ON… Their ideas changed our habits and lives forever.
The kids whose glasses were perpetually broken in school by those kids who made fun of them for being smart, inquisitive or unique are the ones ruling our world.
And this translates to the economy and kinds of jobs out in the world. It seems like every day that we lose jobs that have been in demand traditionally – like lawyers or people in the service industry- and yet we gain even more jobs in the technology field. Suddenly programmers are becoming in-demand. Everyone is learning how to code.
I know that I’ve never sat down to think about it, but technology has had a major effect on our culture. It’s not just that we use Facebook, Twitter and Gchat every day. Instead of sitting down at my desk to write a letter to my friends on the other coast, I find myself writing them an email. Instead of calling my friends to ask what time we’re meeting for our movie, I can just text them and have the answer instantaneously.
Gone are the days when you needed a book or a library card to impress your friends with your knowledge of Argentinean history. The answer to most things is accessible to you wherever, whenever. You just need to type it into your cellphone and Google will make you sound like a historian if that’s what want people to think of you.
So what I’m wondering, do you think that this new culture, where information is literally at our fingertips, is a good thing? Or do you think it’s too easy? Or am I just asking all the wrong questions?
Do you find yourself the oddball when you say you haven’t seen Star Trek, or don’t enjoy playing video games? Have you had a sudden urge to purchase ginormous glasses to look smart or trendy?
(True story, I myself succumbed to buying BIG glasses, and got lots of compliments from my friends. But then I realized perhaps I erred in my decision based on comments from other individuals. For one, my brother said my glasses looked like goggles – UM… YEAH! That was the point. But then when I wore them to work on pleasant weekday, an elderly coworker told me that I looked very scholarly – i.e. you look ridiculous, Mirabelle. You ain’t foolin’ nobody! Of course, I chose to wear my glasses along with red lipstick and a topknot today – so I might be moving into the hipster zone. But that’s for another time.)
Have you noticed that it’s also more common to hear (and get excited about) other girls being nerds/geeks/dorks? The nerd world has been dominated by men in my opinion, but suddenly, I am seeing more women making it big as nerdy/geeky/awesome fans of all things techy/smart/awesome!
Please comment, share your thoughts and let me know what you think. Please help me keep this a positive forum, though. I am so excited for some debate, but let’s respect each other please. I reserve the right to monitor and delete inappropriate posts. Thanks in advance!